New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
July 4th Program at Home of William Floyd, Signer of Declaration of Independence
Contact: William Floyd Estate, 631-399-2030
On Monday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m., Fire Island National Seashore is offering a program about the life and times of one of New York's four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Patriot William Floyd dared to sign this historic document despite the risk of losing his house, his property, and even his head! But did he really sign on the fourth of July?
William Floyd (December 17, 1734 - August 4, 1821) was a delegate from New York in the First Continental Congress in 1774. As a member of the Second Continental Congress, from 1775-1783, 41-year-old William Floyd was the first of the New York delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.
The 1-hour talk will take place on the porch of the Old Mastic House, located at the William Floyd Estate, 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach, New York 11951. Parking is free and there is no fee for this program or for guided house tours, which are offered from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. For directions or more information, call 631-399-2030.
Did You Know?
Several generations of Floyd family women planted trees around the William Floyd Estate's Old Mastic House. You can still see some of those same trees today. Several big trees are now more than 150 years old. More...